(1874-1969)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman who has largely been forgotten. Her name is Charlotta Bass, and in 1952, she became the first black woman to run for vice president in the United States. 
 
Bass received endorsements from prominent civil rights leaders like Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois.
 
Bass received endorsements from prominent civil rights leaders like Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois. Though her ticket virtually stood no chance of winning, as the Voting Rights Act did not exist and schools were still segregated, it still gave her a platform to raise awareness on racial issues.
 
Voicing concerns over the treatment of African Americans wasn’t new to Bass. She was a longtime editor, publisher, and eventually owner of The California Eagle, the West Coast’s oldest and most circulated black newspaper. For 40 years, she used the newspaper to shed light on racial issues including police brutality, discriminatory hiring and housing practices, and glorification of the Ku Klux Klan.
 
Though she was viewed as being radical, she accomplished her main goal—placing racial equality in the national spotlight.
 
She denounced both political parties for neglecting Black and women’s rights, and she took an uncompromising stance against racial injustices. Both actions resulted in numerous death threats. She was labeled a communist and placed under FBI and CIA surveillance. Though she was viewed as being radical, she accomplished her main goal—placing racial equality in the national spotlight.
 
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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